Secrets of the Taj Mahal

Genre: Documentary
Director(s): Stephan Koester
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The Taj Mahal, symbol of India

architectural jewel,

monument to a grand passion

The Taj Mahal was built

in the 17th century

by Shan Jahan, king of the world

ruler of India's mighty Mughal Empire

This great warrior king gave the

world an architectural masterpiece

have a kind it never seen before

this is how it came to be made.

It's also the legend of his

queen the beautiful Mumtaz Mahal

And of that love to perfect to survive.

the choosen one of the palace

will have her final resting place

in the world's most beautiful building

but the magnificent chamber at

the Taj Mahal hide the secret

and Shah Jehan will pay a terrible

price to complete his life's work

as a turning point in India's history

today the Taj Mahal is one of the

world greatest tourist attractions

every year more than three million peole

come to see humanities lovliest building

to see humanities lovliest

building with their own eyes

but for the Indian Nation

the Taj Mahal is much more than

an architectural masterpiece

This is one of the monuments

that makes India what it is

gives people their

identity, makes them proud

This building is the

symbol for the whole nation

The Taj Mahal was built in the most

glorious periods of Indian history

the time of the Moguls

with their mighty Empire

and fabulous riches

Its creator, a man who

dedicated his life to a dream,

the great Mughal Shan Jehan

The building that emerged from his plans

perfectly combines of grace

and scale, power and beauty

The Taj Mahal, Crown of the Palace

the inner center of the Taj is a tomb

for Mumtaz Mahal, the

love of Shan Jehan's life

in his memory the great Mughal created

this etternal love poem in stone

the building of the Taj commence in 1632

an armies and elephants began to

dragging construction materials

to the Mughal Capital

This would be the biggest

building project of the age

in a few short years, shale

Taj Mahal was completed

ready to be clad in flawless and marble

at colossal expense

the location of the Taj on the bank

of Yamuna river was a special challenge

"Close to water you ready to

ground find solid enough to build on

so you had to dig down

until you hit hard dry earth

they came up the brilliant

solution to this problem

that still used today in slightly different

form. They decided to build a well foundation

that was a revolutionary

idea for those time

the great Mughal engineer dig deep wells

to below the water table.

and fill them up with rock and mortar.

On the space The Master

Builders erect stone collumn

linked together by massive arches

The result, a solid mountain of stone

to support the Foundation

slap with the building

protecting the Taj from the

current of the Yamuna River, forever

The Taj Mahal must always stand as a

testament to the eternal power of love

it will be the legacy of Shah Jehan

Shah Jehan was the favorite son

of the Emperor, the Great Mogul,

raised in a world of

the wealth and splendid.

In 1607, he granted a rare honor.

on his lunar birthday, his

weight in gold and precious stone.

that doesn't mean he's been chosen

to become the new Great Mogul

but there are high hopes

for this young prince

and great dangers too

his own brothers as

his deadliest rivals.

The firstborn Prince does

not always become king

all the rulers sons will

fight to claim the throne

even to the death

the education of the

crowds means nothing

the court chronicles will be

our guide to Shah Jahan's life

to its triumphs and disasters

the prince is given a child bride

an arranged marriage

for political reasons

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